A few months ago, my surfing activity carried me to some astonishing videos. Using the new technology of iPads, iPhones and Touchpads, musicians were using musical instrument apps to create music in a form never seen before. I wrote about this in “iCreativity.” I linked their inherent creativity and imagination to education:
The essence of education, in my humble opinion, is for students to play around with new-to-them things and push past boundaries. Imagination and creativity are the keys to learning.
Imagination and creativity burst out every day, of course. But I’ve been waiting for the next expression that I found so undeniably cool that I must share it with you. Here it is.
Eric Whitacre (41) is an American classical composer and conductor, specializing in choral works. In 2009, his imagination birthed the idea of a virtual choir. A virtual choir involves vocal recordings of individual singers performing their parts alone and a capella in front of a web cam. The recordings are compiled and synched to form a powerfully large choir. His 2009 choir had 185 singers, the 2010 choir had 2,052 singers.
Virtual singing groups aren’t new, of course. Playing for Change’s recording of Stand By Me is definitely cool. Feature vocalists are Roger Ridley, Grandpa Elliott and Clarence Bekker, as well as instrumentalists Twin Eagle Drum Group, Dimitri Dolganov, Roberto Luti and Stefano Tomaselli.
Whitacre’s work, though, is different. Where Stand By Me is cool, Whitacre’s work is unbelievable. I’m embedding four short videos of his work. The first is a Ted Talk in which Whatacre explains how the project came together. The second and third videos show the virtual choir in 2009 performing Lux Aurumque and in 2010 performing Whitacre’s Sleep. The fourth video shows Melody Myers, Lux Aurumque’s soloist, performing all parts in her own virtual choir. Don’t miss any of these.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we accountants could sing in harmony.
Debit and credit – – David Albrecht